For many of us, it’s been there as long as we can remember – but when it was opened in 1959, the Auckland Harbour Bridge was one of the most significant infrastructure projects New Zealand had ever undertaken. Soaring over the waters of Waitemata Harbour, it provided a much-needed link between the North Shore and Auckland City – with long-term benefits for residents, businesses and New Zealand as a whole.
Fifty years since its opening, Auckland Harbour Bridge is an icon of New Zealand’s landscape. The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an icon of New Zealand’s landscape. Replacing a 40-kilometre drive or a cross harbour ferry ride, it’s been key to growth in the region – transforming North Shore’s seaside villages and rural communities into a thriving city, and opening Auckland City and points north and south to previously unimaginable opportunities for expansion and development.
New Zealand Post celebrated the 50th anniversary of this remarkable structure’s opening, with four gummed stamps, one self-adhesive stamp and a first day cover.
A Half-century of Performance
The Auckland Harbour Bridge 50th Anniversary first day cover illustrated the bridge’s place as an icon of our urban landscape, while the stamps told the story of its 50-year life. By day or night, it’s a magnificent sight – a testament to the engineering and technical ingenuity that went into building it all those years ago.
Product Listing for Auckland Harbour Bridge 50th Anniversary
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|Date of issue:||1 May 2009|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp|
|Denominations||50c (gummed and self-adhesive), $1.00, $1.50, $2.00|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Mata Limited, Auckland, with photography by Denis Wilford, Stephen Witherden and Tim Morris|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand – by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours (self-adhesive tagged with red phosphor)|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm|
|Paper type:||Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: Avery Dennison B90 Kraft Back Adhesive 210gsm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||Gummed: 13.33; Self-adhesive: die cut|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imrpint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 30 April 2010.|